Documents from the Women's Liberation Movement
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Minutes from January 19,1975
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Dar II -- 11/19/75
PRESENT -- Martha, Sally, Linda, Donna, Peach, Jeanne, Sarah, Mick
Presentation on left groups: short discussion on why we should discuss left groups' positions first and then Lesbian Separatism -- why not vice versa. -- It was decided it would not make a difference either way.
Revolutionary Union (PEACHY) Document that we have isn't exactly a "position paper" but largely + clearly a position on homosexuality. R.U. started during the Free Speech Movement in Berkely. R.U. identifies U.S. as an imperialist country with oppressive institutions (MALE SUPREMACY). Homosexuality is a response reaction to male supremist relations and institutions. Lesbianism is understandable because it is a reaction by women to male supremacy -- Male homosexuality is the height of male supremacy. Because homosexuality doesn't deal with the working class it's goals and movement is not progressive. Also, because lesbians don't relate to men -- and men are part of the working class -- they are not dealing with class struggle. Also, lesbians are not part of the nuclear family, which R.U. sees as vital to the working class struggle, particularly monogamy. Also, homosexuality is an individual, personal solution because too much time and energy is put into personal relationships. Gay Liberation is anti-working class, gay groups have held back conferences by demanding gay speakers. ie: lesbians demading to be heard at NOW rally.
Jeanne wanted a clarification of some terms that we used so we decided to define our language.
Imperialism -- exploitation! in order for capitalism to work, a country has to go to other countries to find new markets and resources. One country or group exerts power over a weaker one. A Marxist Feminist definition of imperialism -- (ie of imperialism Guatamala) We need to interpret imperialism and other terms ie: men raping women and lesbians.
Third World -- 1st and 2nd world unclear. Third world countries are usually "non-white" (I HATE THAT TERM -- PEACHY) people's countries that are exploited against.
National Chauvinism -- the mentality of imperialism. A cultural rationalization -- thinking you're better because you're white, Am., black? heterosexual, WASP etc.
Can black people, gay people be chauvinistic?
Lumpen Proletariat; Proletariat; petit bourgeoise; bourgeoise -- see Marx, Lenin.
Dialectical Materialism -- a process of history -- things change, flow, spiral. Contradictions exist, inherent in system. Materialism -- things on this earth of primary importance. ie: Feudalism to capitalism; block of ice melting; scientific socialism -- reality.
Having a working class job doesn't mean you're working class -- grew up with financial security and probably still having access to it. Background.
Is capitalism strictly an economic issue? yes-no.
Ideologies supporting capitalism -- individualism, competition, etc.
Self-Criticism -- defining terms good way to find out commonalities and differences.
Next meeting 425 Clifton -- Apt 2 -- 7:30 P.M. Sunday -- 1/26/75
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